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Is This A Sick Joke!

July 10, 2012 — 4 Comments

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It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation. Just writing that first sentence feels like a sick joke to me. It feels unnatural to think God is at work in your life when everything around you seems to be screaming that He is missing from your every decision. Your difficult situation is screaming to your heart that God has left you, abandoned you…forgotten you. Maybe that’s where you find yourself today. Maybe that’s where you have been for a long while now. So, what do you do? How do you make it through? Has God really walked out on you?

In my life, when those times seek to own my heart and mind, I reflect on the life of Joseph and find comfort.

Joseph had a way of taking control of his difficult situations before they took control of him.

He masted his every situation for the glory and service of God. He didn’t allow his difficult situations to define his life…he stayed surrendered to God’s every turn and direction change that was placed into his life. He knew that pain wins if you fail to see where God is using it to direct your next steps.

In every trial Joseph never complained against God. If you ask me that sounds like Jesus. Jesus never complained either.

Summary Of His Life

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but he never complains to God. He ends up being sold to Potiphar, where he finds divine favor in a difficult situation. He is promoted over the whole house of Potiphar. Then he ends up being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. It’s hard not to become bitter when you are doing everything right and yet life seems to keep throwing you curve balls.

However, the scriptures tell us, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison.” Remember my first sentence of this post? It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation.

He ends up helping a cupbearer  and a baker with their dreams. He tells the cupbearer he was going to be let out of prison and restored to his position.  In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to simply remember him when he was released from prison. That doesn’t happen. The chief cupbearer did not remember and forgot him. The first verse in Genesis 41 shows that he was left there another two years.

However, between- (Gen 40:23) “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph but forgot him.” and ( Gen 41:1) “after 2 years Pharaoh dreamed” – I find a strange comfort that brings me peace and you should as well.  Another divine favor was about to be found in his most difficult situation.

 How It Ends

1. He interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

2. He is promoted to the highest position

3. He ends up having his family restored

4. The secret of his staying power in difficult times is finally revealed.

Genesis 45:8 “So it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Speaking to his brothers who sold him into slavery)

Genesis 50: 20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Speaking to his brothers God’s perfect plan)

No matter what you are going through…It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation.

 

What are you thoughts? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.

 

 

 

distractions

There are times I find it extremely difficult  to focus on the task at hand. There are distractions everywhere just waiting to suck the life out of my goals for the giving day. If you’re like me, you have a lot of important things each day to accomplish and they can’t be rolled over to the next day.

Distractions come easy to most of us. The distraction monster loves to win our attention away from where our attention really needs to be. Setting goals is not the problem for most people. The problem for many is staying focused to see those goals come to pass.

If you are having a problem staying focused you are not alone and you are certainly not experiencing something new. Distractions have been around since the Garden of Eden. Just ask Adam and Eve about the snake. Distractions are the enemy and can be vanquished. So, how do you vanquish the distraction monster? This is how I do it.

1. Pinpoint The Interferences

First, you must identify what is keeping you distracted from your task at hand. I write sermons each week and it takes a lot of time and focus. There are  many things that can distract me from my goal if I allow them to. For example, T.V. on in another room, open tabs on my computer with twitter or Facebook calling me to take a look at them…my cell phone.  There are of course many more but I think you get my point. Whatever is distracting you must be pinpointed first.

2. Disconnect From The Interferences

Second, you must disconnect from what you have just identified as a distraction. Disconnecting looks different for each of us but it must be done. For me, I close the internet down, turn off the T.V., shut off my cell phone. Whatever I need to do, I do it on PURPOSE. I control it, so it doesn’t control me.

3. Pursue Your Objective

Third, pursue freely the goal at hand. You have won the battle again the distraction monster. You have pinpointed  the problem. You have disconnected from the problem. You now are clear for takeoff. Make sure your seat-belt is fastened and enjoy being distraction free.

 

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